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French Valley University, Inc.

36555 Van Gaale Lane
Winchester, CA 92596

(951) 926-1600


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Our teachers are continuously documenting what they see as interests to the children. These ideas are what form the lesson plan. We do not find themes out of a random curriculum book. We follow the lead of the children's evolving interest.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children's whose interest are acknowledged and valued do not need to be motivated to learn! We want our curriculum to be meaningful, play based and open ended. Our goal is to inspire children. Inspiration brings motivation in anyone!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

What makes our school unique is our rotating schedule. The preschool classes rotate every 40 minutes with their same teacher and same group of friends to a themed classroom.

A Typical Day

Our themed classrooms are:
Let's Create
Let's Move
Let's Leran
Let's Build
Let's Pretend